Christmas Stories

Well, the Hallmark channel countdown to Christmas has begun. From now through the twelfth day of Christmas you can tune in to a Christmas movie twenty four hours per day seven days per week. I don’t know if that channel has two of my own favorites; “A Christmas Carol” were Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future – and “It’s A Wonderful Life” where the angel Clarence allows a depressed George Bailey to see what life in his town would have been like if George had never lived. Both of these stories share a common theme with many of the Hallmark movies. The story begins with a character who has allowed work, money, and a get-ahead attitude to skew his view of

Advent: A Season of Hope

Advent is a joyous time of year. But it can also be SAD. I’m talking about S.A.D. as in “seasonal affective disorder.” It is sort of a depression some people experience because of weather and lack of sunshine. This time of year the sun dips lower in the sky and darkness comes earlier. We have to dig our winter clothing. We can’t spend as much time outside as we had only a month earlier. We are thinking about getting flu shots and having the furnace looked at. But, as inconvenient as this time of year is for us, can we even begin to imagine what it must have been like for Christians in medieval Europe who lived in houses held together by straw and mud? Can you imagine what life must h

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